Electoral voters roll should be a public document

ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
12 February 2014

A civil rights campaigner, who lodged a formal demand for an electronic voters roll from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Rita Makarau, has said the register should be a public document and not a preserve for a select few.

Constitutional lawyer Justice Mavedzenge told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that if Zimbabwe is to be a functional democracy, such documents should be made available for inspection at any time. He gave Makarau a week to comply, after which he will approach the Constitutional Court if she fails to supply the document.

‘Under the new constitution, voter registration is an ongoing exercise, so I’m saying if they don’t have last year’s voters roll, surely they can avail the latest one compiled from July last year,’ Mavedzenge said.

The main opposition party, the MDC-T, accuses President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF party of committing ‘monumental fraud’ in last year’s vote, in part through a massively flawed voters’ register that remains impossible to find.

Since the disputed polls ZEC, and the Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede, have failed to make public the electronic copy of the voters roll that was used, as is required in law. Late last year, when ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa demanded the copy of the roll, Makarau told him there would not be an electronic copy anytime soon.

Mavedzenge said it is for this reason that he’s prepared to go all way to the Constitutional Court if Justice Makarau fails to comply with his demand. In his letter that he sent to ZEC, Mavedzenge said he had every right to access the roll based on Section 62 of the Constitution.

‘I’m quite aware that previous applications on the voters roll and conduct of elections have been dismissed on a technicality, but with due respect to all those concerned, the merit of the issues brought before the court were never discussed,’ he said.

The electoral law in Zimbabwe is clear that all political parties should have access to the list of registered voters in good time before an election, and in both electronic and hard copy.

This is meant to ensure that parties can check the list in advance for any problems, but 7 months after the election ‘won’ by ZANU PF, nobody outside Mugabe’s inner circle has seen an electronic copy of the voters roll.



20 Responsesto “Electoral voters roll should be a public document”

  1. THE BLACK ARISTOCRAT says:

    I am willing to bet serious money, that contrary to the Constitution, nobody outside of Mugabe’s inner circle of election riggers will ever get access top a electronic version of the voters roll!

    Why? Because it is not only the smoking gun to the last election rigging, but more importantly the smoking gun for the rigging of the next elections in 2018.

    Mugabe and Zanu PF know very well they could never win a free and fair election – industrial scale manipulation of the electronic voters role is the only way they are able to win – and so they cannot under any circumstances allow the release of a electronic version.

    • LoveZim says:

      Seriously we have countless numbers of Zimbabweans who claim to be fighting for democracy and yet no one has not even been able to come up with an idea of teaming up with the learned layer Mavedzenge to fight for this noble cause of violation of the right to the voter’s role. Where are those who claim electoral fraud? Is this not a good cause to mobilize citizens to march against this form of rights violation?

      • Yepec says:

        We are here in our numbers. Let us see what the outcome or result of Justice Mavedzenge’s application is going to be. The MDC-T, “yakambunyukidzwa” by the Judiciary (Makarau, Bhunu and Chidyausiku), the apologists for the system. Is marching and mobilisation of the citizens, your most effective, practical and last option in this electoral fraud?

        People are justified in saying that the corrupt people of Zanu PF will ignore it,, as they are doing in failing to align the laws of the country to the Constitution or the corruption scandals that have broken into the open

        • wilbert says:

          I agree with you there; Makarau, Bhunu, etc. are apologists for Mugabe. But what about yourself? The apologist of MDC. What was that nonsense about MDC “yakambunyukidzwa” all about if not another stupid excuse for Tsvangirai and MDC’s breath-taking incompetence.

          Mavedzenge single handily taking on the system and its apologists head-on and you stupid and incompetent leader and the whole MDC party failed to go beyond Bhunu’s office! Bhunu has kept MDC activist in Jail for years and MDC has been completely helpless to stop him.

          When Tsvangirai walking into Bhunu’s office with his court challenge of the elections result the later told him to piss off and the MDC leader left with his tail between his legs like a dog.

          MDC “yakambunyukidzwa” my a***! Stop giving us stupid excuses, if you have nothing better to say shut the f**** up!

          • Yepec says:

            Terrible things are happening to the people of Zimbabwe using the option of marching in mobilising public opinion. Here are few examples to remember when using State,- approved Institutions; women beaten for demonstrating at Parliament House, corruption with impunity in the society, looting the country’s resources, of which, salary scandals are one of its manifestations etc.

            However, against the above, you still argue for marching as the best and realistic option for mobilising public opinion against a cause.

            Corruption and looting have been pointed out and condemned on this forum but did that change Zanu PF’s focus on it?, What happened to Chombo, Mpofu, Chiyangwa, Gono, Grace or even Matibili himself, are they not some of the richest people in Africa because of looting States assets?

            Tdsvangirai, has been condemned for seemingly being infiltrated or confused, for in his conduct in the last elections, still staying in the Highlands mansion and driving a government chauffeured Merceds Benz vehicle, the money in silencing Locardia and that Elizabeth Macheka dumped him,and sought Zanu PF, Police, CIO and Army protection the minute he lost the elections.

            The point is, if he is blameless, he would stand down and get would be reelected to his old position. Does this not clearly spell out the position for you Wilbert? Hopefully to you, Tsvangirai does not have the monopoly to MDC’s leadership.

          • wilbert says:

            What are you wittering about?

          • Yepec says:

            Forget your memorised phrases and what your masters say. Can you or can you not tell the position as clearly spelt out in the above? If not, you are really a covert of fake, Chimbwido Warvet.

            On more than one occasion he said that he had given Yepec to you (i.e, to deal with), yet you never protested your innocence or basis for giving you those instructions and directives. It leaves one to wonder as from which direction or camp you are coming, Wilbert?

          • wilbert says:

            What are you wittering about you idiot!

          • Yepec says:

            You can find refuge or shelter in repeating the only sentence or reason you seem to know for speaking against the Zanu PF rule. “What are you wittering about”?

            What one is talking about is clear Wilbert – the option of marching or demonstration in mobilising public opinion in Zimbabwe against the monster of Zanu PF. The corruption that is appearing on the surface now, has been there all the time and it is a manifestation (small iceberg), of the evil that has ruled the country by hook or crook for over 33 years now.

            If only by repeatedly condemning Tsvangirai and all his transgressions gives one the passport to speaking against Mugabe, then the bankruptcy exhibited by fake, Chimbwido Wavet is upon you. May be, it is your way of telling the readers that you are his convert but in actuality you are saying that you do not know what is wrong with the Zimbabwean politics.

    • wilbert says:

      I AGREE WITH YOU THERE, THE VOTERS ROLL IS THE “SMOKING GUN” OF THE RIGGED 2013 ELECTIONS. MUGABE AND HIS VOTE RIGGING TEAM WERE PRETTY LUCKY THAT TSVANGIRAI OR ANY OF HIS MANY LAWYER / PROFESSOR COLLEGUES AND ADVISERS SAW THIS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS OR AFTER. THEY ARE SO BREATHTAKINGLY INCOMPETENT THAT MANY STILL DO NOT SEE IT.

      THE LONGER MUGABE HAS CONTINUED TO DRAG HIS FEET OVER MAKING THE VOTERS ROLL PUBLIC THE MORE HE WAS DRAWN ATTENTION TO IT AS THE SMOKING GUN. THE POOR TYRANT, HE REALLY HAS RAN OUT OF EXCUSES WHY HE HAS FAILED TO RELEASE IT.

      THE PRESSURE TO HAVE IT RELEASE MUST BE MAINTAINED. THE TYRANT MUST RELEASE THE ROLL OR ADMIT HE RIGGED THE ELECTIONS AND RESIGN. TSVANGIRAI’S SUGGESTION THAT THE NATION ACCEPT THIS REGIME AS A FAIT ACCOMPLI MUST BE DISMISSED WITH THE CONTEMPT IT RIGHTLY DESERVE!

      THE NEXT ELECTIONS MUST NOT BE HELD UNLESS MUGABE HAS RELEASED THE VOTERS ROLL OR HE HAS RESIGNED – NO COMPROMISE OR NEGOTIATION ON THAT.

  2. Common Sense says:

    …”Makarau told him there would not be an electronic copy anytime soon”, and yet it exists.
    I know one of the developers who worked with it historically (private IT company), and this was very quickly brought into Government IT hands clearly to take control/abuse the process)…. and tell me how could Nikuv have created their rigging algorithm without an electronic copy?

    So the real situation is: it EXISTS but won’t be RELEASED anytime soon…. and we all know why, it would prove ZANU-PF fraud, and would prevent future rigging

    • wilbert says:

      Mugabe rigged the elections and have dictated what we the people can say and cannot say, do and cannot do, hear and cannot hear, who can and cannot vote, etc., etc. He has decried in his tyrannical way, as tyrants always do, that the voters’ roll will not be made public. We must defy him and demand that the voters roll is made public or he resigns.

      He had hoped this issue would be forgotten by now and yet eight months after he should released the roll; the issue is still on the national and international agenda. And he can be sure of one thing – it is going to be there until he release the roll or resign!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        ‘We must defy him and demand that the voters roll is made public or he resigns’. A pirate radio station worker in London can never influence change in Zimbabwe. You have to be in the thick of things if you want your hallucinations and dreams to come true. With that thick head and a fat neck you are now developing by eating junk food, smoking weeds and drinking cheap whiskey, I will be surprised if you will have takers for this idiocy.

        • wilbert says:

          Given that you do not want regime change then you should be pleased there are no “takers for this idiocy”! But you are clearly not pleased are you? That is enough for me to know I am doing something right even if it is just to annoy you!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            I am not annoyed by a foolish employee who takes orders from a pirate radio station in London to peddle nonsense everyday. If anything, I am only surprised and disappointed that you think with your butt instead of your brains.

          • wilbert says:

            I think with my butt and you Zanu PF guys think with “your brains”? Given that you guys have ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist giving you control of every aspect of the nation’s human activities and lives. If you really had the monopoly of brains then why, oh why is the country is in a serious economic and political mess?

            The years of bullying are over for Mugabe and all you his moronic followers!

  3. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Mavedzenge said it is for this reason that he’s prepared to go all way to the Constitutional Court if Justice Makarau fails to comply with his demand. In his letter that he sent to ZEC, Mavedzenge said he had every right to access the roll based on Section 62 of the Constitution.

    ‘I’m quite aware that previous applications on the voters roll and conduct of elections have been dismissed on a technicality, but with due respect to all those concerned, the merit of the issues brought before the court were never discussed,’ he said.

    I nearly dropped the Holy Bible as I read the above paragraphs and I started to laugh uncontrollably. Well, it may be a dream come true.

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